Lewisham Council - Culture in empty spaces

Finding a venue for your arts project

Find an unused space where you can hold a cultural event or art installation.

Unused spaces and locations can host many kinds of cultural activity.

If you are interested in creating your own projects please read our guide to using empty shops.

Many of the suitable spaces in borough are privately owned and the first step should always be to contact the owner of the space that you are interested in. You can also search the commercial property database.

Useful websites

The National Federation of Artists' Studio Providers
The professional membership body for all those engaged in developing and managing affordable studio space for visual artists.

Creative Cabins toolkit
Poole Borough Council's toolkit for artists and organisations wanting to occupy empty spaces. Please note that this document should be used for guidance only, as the contact details are now out of date.

'Meanwhile' online forum
Helpful information – such as sample leases – for those interested in taking over temporary sites.

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